This is one in a series of articles written by students who received scholarships in 2019 awarded through the Fergus Falls Area Dollars for Scholars chapter.   The purpose of these articles is to thank the community for its support of students and their higher education goals.

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For Boy Scouts, a big part of joining is learning different skills. These can range from first aid, how to build a fire and other survival skills. But as the saying goes “practice makes perfect,” and outside of an actual event scouts will not get the necessary practice to help with these iss…

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Two more businesses in Fergus Falls have been recognized as Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFBs) by the League of American Bicyclists in January, bringing the city’s total number of BFBs up to 18 and landing it on the league’s top 10 list of bicycle-friendly cities nationwide, tied with Nashvi…

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources awarded conservation officer Tricia Plautz received the 2020 Enforcement Education Achievement Award.

The Fergus Falls 544 Education Foundation recently received a $110,000 gift from the estate of Karen (Kielmeyer) Matteson, a former Fergus Falls resident and 1960 graduate of Fergus Falls High School.  “This gift was a complete surprise,” said Mindy Fuder, the foundation’s executive director…

This is one in a series of articles written by students who received scholarships in 2019 awarded through the Fergus Falls Area Dollars for Scholars chapter.   The purpose of these articles is to thank the community for its support of students and their higher education goals.

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Students named to the fall semester 2019 chancellors list were announced recently by the registrar office. The U of M Crookston is one of the most respected career-oriented, technology-based universities in the nation.



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Otter Wings LLP is looking to expand its swine farrowing facility in Otter Tail County near Sebeka in Blowers Township, effectively tripling its operation as it goes from about 2,500 hogs over 300 pounds to 7,500 hogs of all sizes. As part of the approval process for its proposed expansion, …

M State President Carrie Brimhall is one of 28 college presidents nationally who are being recognized with the Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society’s Paragon Award for their strong support of student success.

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The Otter Tail County Safe Communities Coalition is a group of individuals and agencies who work together under funding from the Toward Zero Deaths Safe Roads Program via the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The mission of the coalition is to raise awareness of traffic safety issues an…

The community is invited to a free showing of the family-friendly movie called "Overcomer" about a basketball coach who reluctantly becomes a running coach to a young girl with asthma, and both find themselves on a journey of self-discovery and their true identity. This recent release is get…

Beginning Experience, a support group for divorced, widowed or separated has a 10 week session called “Coping With Life Alone” beginning March 16, 2020. 

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Sometimes getting mail can be a good thing. A paycheck, a birthday card or coupons. Other times it is unwanted items like bills, special business offers or credit card offers. And yet other times you receive things that are not anticipated. For Federated Church in Fergus Falls, a postcard wa…

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The recent history of Rainbow Cleaners in Fergus Falls has been one of tension and emotion. The business, located at 112 E. Washington Ave., saw its operation nearly close down twice in the last six months. It wasn’t until recently that owners Odin and Jill Beard have been able to proclaim t…

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Fergus Falls Mayor Ben Schierer made a proclamation at the Fergus Falls City Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 3 to declare Thursday, Feb. 13 as Giving Hearts Day in the city. Giving Hearts Day, a 24-hour fundraising event for charities in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, was started i…

When you make a pitstop at most gas stations or convenience stores, if you are interested in a bite to eat the selection seems to be similar whereever you go. You will have the selection of sandwiches, pizza, sweets and maybe a side dish. But while stopping at Little Chief Outpost in Fergus …

The Otter Tail County Historical Society Coffee Klatch series begins Friday, Feb. 14, 10 a.m. with Jim Wolters from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Fisheries. Wolters will speak on the diversity of fish species in Otter Tail County and how the DNR monitors and manages the over …

Trent Wilson has been admitted as partner at Pickett & Demuth Ltd. Certified Public Accountants, a local accounting firm in Fergus Falls. Wilson is a Fergus Falls native and alumni of Fergus Falls High School. He graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2014 with a Bachelor …

On Nov. 14, 2019, Kelly Arntson, the cataloger at Fergus Falls Public Libary, attended the Minitex Technical Services Symposium, held at the Brookdale Public Library in Brooklyn Center. The theme of the day was “Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Technical Services.”  Arntson’s attendance…

Arvig announced its 2019 charitable giving totaled nearly $550,000. Supporting more than 450 local organizations, including 80 schools, the company’s donations included a combination of its school internet sponsorship program, sponsorships, cash donations, scholarships and donated services

The Republican Party of Otter Tail County will hold precinct caucuses at seven locations around the county on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, at 7 p.m.  Individuals can find their precinct caucus location by using the Secretary of State's website at - caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us.

As a kickoff to the YMCA’s annual Youth Partners Campaign, all contributions to the Y made as a part of Giving Hearts Day, Feb. 13, will be matched. To participate, make a contribution by check or online before or on Feb. 13. If giving by check, make it out to the Fergus Falls YMCA and write…

Wadena Area Amateur Radio Club announces its spring ham radio technician operator license class. Classes will be held every Tuesday evening from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. for seven weeks starting March 24, 2020. Class sessions will be held at the Wadena Deer Creek High School and is free to the…

The Fergus Falls Public Library will be showing a free afternoon movie on Valentine's Day, Friday, Feb. 14 from 1-3 p.m. Meet up with friends to enjoy this classic favorite, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. A princess escapes her entourage and traverses incognito through the city of…

The University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris will be hosting a free horticulture educational class Feb. 19.

Affordable homeownership opportunities could be yours! Check out Habitat for Humanity and begin your home partnership now. Fergus Falls Area Habitat for Humanity (FFAHFH) is seeking interested families for its homeownership program for 2020.  This is an opportunity to inquire about the progr…

The Otter Tail County Historical Society is partnering with the Fergus Falls Fish and Game Club to commemorate the club’s 100th anniversary. On Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., OTCHS is opening a new exhibition Fergus Falls Fish & Game Club: 100 Years of Conservation.

The Fergus Falls Public Library will host a free accordion bookmaking class on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 6-7 p.m. Learn the accordion bookmaking process and make your own book. This class is led by Georgia A. Greeley. Greely is creating a community quilt book, which participants will also cont…

Otter Tail Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) members will gather on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, at one of the seven sites around the county to learn about this year’s candidates, debate resolutions for the party platform, elect new precinct chairs, and select delegates for the upcoming conventions. 

The Gallant Few, The Darby Project and team Darby Project Minnesota would like to thank the Fergus Falls community for logging their miles for Saturday's Run Ranger Run 2020 "All the Way" Kickoff.  We were one of the two biggest kickoffs in the nation, and the ONLY one with the goal of loggi…

AgCountry Farm Credit Services is excited to announce that a record $60 million in cash dividends will be paid to eligible member-owners in March of 2020. Since 2014, AgCountry patrons have received over $195 million in cash patronage.

Midwest Bank of Dalton is pleased to announce the addition of Stephanie Heidinger to their staff as personal banker/teller. In her new position, Heidinger will be promoting, opening, and supporting both consumer and business deposit accounts and products.   

Making the transition from education to journalism can be a leap, but for Fergus Falls Daily Journal reporter Johanna Armstrong it has just been one part of a longer journey. On Thursday, a roll of the dice that Armstrong took a few years ago paid off as she was named the winner of the Dave …

John Dinsmore has dedicated his life to helping others and serving the public good. For over 20 years he worked as a social worker and in 1998 he began his leadership service with Otter Tail County as the director of human services. In 2012, Dinsmore, with a breadth of experience, was select…

Lakes Country Academy (LCA), a program within the education services department at Lakes Country Service Cooperative (LCSC), is excited to announce that school is in session at the newly renovated Fergus Falls site. On Feb. 10 from 4-6 p.m. community members are invited to tour the new site …